June was a huge month for Beaufort Community Sailing and Boating! Our annual Learn to Sail program kicked off with almost double the number of students as 2017 at over 110. From this LTS program we’ve had an increased number of sailors move on to our racing team as well.
Our race team has been sailing around the region and improving each week. In the beginning of June, we took 5 down to the South Carolina Yacht Club for the US Sailing Junior Olympic Sailing Festival. Arabella Duer finished 2ndin Optimist Blue Fleet and Traianus Rota 6thin Opti Blue Fleet. We took our largest group of Opti Green Fleeters to the regatta with Lachlan Duer (2nd), Marshall Shook (5th) & Maggie Houlihan (6th). This was the first travel regatta for our Green Fleeters and we couldn’t be more proud of how they did!
We finished June with the BYSC Lowcountry Regatta and had an excellent turnout! We had teams in almost every fleet and all of the sailors also helped to serve our award winning dinner at the Lowcountry Regatta on Saturday evening.
Opti RWB by division:
- Arabella Duer 2nd
- Traianus Rota 6th
- Reese Myers 7th
- Lachlan Duer 1st
- Noah Dando 2nd
- Marshall Shook 3rd
- Ben Gambla 8th
- Everett Nason 10th
- Jacob Lawson 4th
- Thomas Gnann 5th
- Christopher Roberts 7th
We have several regattas coming up in July at Hobcaw Yacht Club and Carolina Yacht Club-Charleston before a short break building up to the Opti Southeast Championship and the Midlands Regatta in Columbia. We also have our big SAYRA event we are hosting at BYSC in September, the Pluff Mud Championship. We hope everyone comes out to help with and cheer on our junior team in September!
Finally, we have 2 more sessions of the Spirit of America program coming up in July and August. We are in dire need of volunteers to come out and help with teaching powerboating and paddling (SUP & kayak) skills. For more information, please see the website https://www.beaufortsailing.com/spirit-of-america/and contact us. We are now located at the BYSC, so it is easier than ever to come out and help educate the next generation of safe boaters in Beaufort!
Thank you all again for your generous support of sailing.
-Beaufort Community Sailing & Boating, Board of Directors